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Help the Jamaican Bobsled team get to Sochi!

with Jamaican Bobsleigh Team A.A.A.
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Target at $80,000
Help the Jamaican Bobsled team get to Sochi!
Devon Harris started the campaign
*We've created this new link to share the campaign: 
And the official hashtag: #JamaicanBobsled
 
***UPDATE 7 PM: The dogecoin digital currency community has joined forces with us to donate over 27 million dogecoins ($30,000+ USD), bringing the campaign from $73k to $103k+! Much amaze. 
 
***UPDATE 1/20: This campaign is now confirmed as the official fundraiser for the Jamaican Bobsled team!!! After the initial momentum, the team's president Chris Stokes and founding member of the original "Cool Runnings" team Devon Harris reached out to the campaign's creator Lincoln. To give the campaign credibility and take this fundraiser to the next level, the Bobsled team (represented by Devon Harris) will now be the public face of the fundraiser. The campaign was initially created by everyday Winter Olympics fan Lincoln Wheeler, who has been shocked by the public outpouring of support.
 
Another note: we've started to get word that the Olympics are going to cover travel costs for the team, after the immense popular support shown through this fundraiser. Devon and Chris from the official Jamaican Bobsled team will be able to update more on this. However, they'll still need all funds from this campaign to afford their jackets, equipment, and the three weeks of training time until Sochi. So let's keep supporting the team!
 
On T-shirts: Anyone who has contributed $50 or more will get an exclusive #CoolRunnings2 T-shirt! We'll send out a survey when the campaign ends to get your T-shirt sizes and mailing addresses. 
 

***UPDATE 1/19: Wow, you guys are AMAZING! I can't believe we've already raised $16,237/$80,000! In under 24 hours you've tilted this and gotten the Jamaican Bobsled team so much closer to Sochi. :) I've been in touch with the Crowdtilt team and they've confirmed that they are in touch with Chris Stokes and Winston Watts, and will handle the disbursements of the funds directly to the Jamaican Bobsled team. Keep up the good work -- let's get these guys to the Olympic games!!!

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You might have seen this wild story—maybe cooler than "Cool Runnings"—that Jamaica's under-funded 2-man bobsled team just qualified to compete in the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. But they don't have enough cash to get to the Olympics, according to Winston Watts, the dedicated team captain who has been self-funding their efforts. So they're looking for any way possible to fund their trip to Sochi. And right now, they're at zero.

With no support from the Jamaica Olympic Association or private investors, Watts has been struggling to get the team ready. He's even been using his own private savings to fly the team to the US for qualifiers. From Watts himself: "I just about get by financially. Beg, scrape, it’s hard. I’ve got headaches a lot of times man, believe you me..."

At 46, Winston would be the second-oldest bobsled pilot in Olympic history, and this is the year for his team to make it. Let's help this historic team reach their Olympic dreams. There's only a few days to help get them to Sochi. I just pitched in $100. If you support the team, please chip in whatever you can. 

For any donors that give over $50, I'll print and send a special limited-edition t-shirt, just for supporters of this campaign.

More on this story from the press: 

Update: Crowdtilt has verified this campaign on Twitter, and will directly distribute the funds raised to the Jamaican Bobsled team: https://twitter.com/Crowdtilt/status/424723407121285120  

Update #2: Franz Hoilett, the founder of I am a Jamaican, has let the Jamaican Bobsled team know about our grassroots fundraiser! Here are some relevant links to follow the team and movement:

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Their luggage was lost on the way to Sochi. :( Send your love to them, let's hope they find their #crowdfunded equipment soon! http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/olympics/jamaican-bobsled-team-arrives-at-sochi-without-equipm... 

“The sled is here,” driver Winston Watts said. “But the blades that we put our heart out to get, the airline maybe left them back in New York. None of us have clothing.” :( 
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Their luggage was lost on the way to Sochi. :( Send your love to them, let's hope they find their #crowdfunded equipment soon! http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/olympics/jamaican-bobsled-team-arrives-at-sochi-without-equipm... 

“The sled is here,” driver Winston Watts said. “But the blades that we put our heart out to get, the airline maybe left them back in New York. None of us have clothing.” :( 
Not Jamaican here, but a human being.....cant let a little thing like money get in the way of some dreams.  Im glad to have participated in the donation....congratulations to them EXCEEDING expectations and needs and good luck over in Sochi!
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Gordon OHara
Gordon
OHara
"You have to be someone" -Bob Marley
I had the pleasure of meeting Christian Stokes some years ago while working in Jamaica. It was a pleasure. My company was more than happy to donate to the team. We wish you the best of luck. 
Lee / Cameron Bauman
Bauman Floor Systems
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Elizabeth Stevens
Elizabeth
Stevens
Jamaica has always been disproportionately close to America in America's view of the world; growing up as a child, I actually thought Jamaica was a part of the US, because of how frequent our social references are, and how closely we hold to your cultural icons.

In some ways, in rooting for you, I feel like I'm rooting for my own.  :)

Best of luck at Sochi, guys.
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Jamaica has always been disproportionately close to America in America's view of the world; growing up as a child, I actually thought Jamaica was a part of the US, because of how frequent our social references are, and how closely we hold to your cultural icons.

In some ways, in rooting for you, I feel like I'm rooting for my own.  :)

Best of luck at Sochi, guys.
Montego Bay, Jamaica was our honeymoon spot. We had a wonderful time, and I have memories that I will always cherish from the people I met and the experience I had! I love Jamaica! Best of luck!
Jamaica was the first new country my daughter ever visited and it will always hold a special place in our heart - cheers to the Bobsled team! Know we're all cheering for your success and thrilled you are a part of the 2014 Winter Olympics!

- Dean and Addy Browell
Altius, Citius, Fortius….Go for Gold!!!!!

Hey guys.  Safe travels.  Tun it up in Sochi and bring home the gold. Denise Mc, JAANC, President
Best wishes, Winston and company!
Good Luck!
Hello Team Jamaica,
We are excited that you were provided with the opportunity to go to Sochi.  I goes to show that it takes a village to make things happen and "no man is an island".  We wish you all of God's richest blessings at Sochi and we are confident that you will do your utmost best.  Everything else is secondary.  Best wishes and God be with you while you make history!  One Love!
Marklos
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Hello Team Jamaica,
We are excited that you were provided with the opportunity to go to Sochi.  I goes to show that it takes a village to make things happen and "no man is an island".  We wish you all of God's richest blessings at Sochi and we are confident that you will do your utmost best.  Everything else is secondary.  Best wishes and God be with you while you make history!  One Love!
Marklos
We are so excited that the team is in !  Best Wishes for success.  Bleakney family
Good luck boys!  This proud Canadian is so excited to watch and cheer for you guys!  Do your country proud!  Feel the rhythmFeel the rhyme! Get on up, its bobsled time! 
Vous êtes des types fiers, des types forts, qui peuvent être très "méchant"  quand ils ont la haine et qu'ils n'acceptent pas qu'on leurs marche sur les pieds! 
Ramenez nous une médaille!
COOL RASTAAAA!

Campaign Description:

*We've created this new link to share the campaign: 
And the official hashtag: #JamaicanBobsled
 
***UPDATE 7 PM: The dogecoin digital currency community has joined forces with us to donate over 27 million dogecoins ($30,000+ USD), bringing the campaign from $73k to $103k+! Much amaze. 
 
***UPDATE 1/20: This campaign is now confirmed as the official fundraiser for the Jamaican Bobsled team!!! After the initial momentum, the team's president Chris Stokes and founding member of the original "Cool Runnings" team Devon Harris reached out to the campaign's creator Lincoln. To give the campaign credibility and take this fundraiser to the next level, the Bobsled team (represented by Devon Harris) will now be the public face of the fundraiser. The campaign was initially created by everyday Winter Olympics fan Lincoln Wheeler, who has been shocked by the public outpouring of support.
 
Another note: we've started to get word that the Olympics are going to cover travel costs for the team, after the immense popular support shown through this fundraiser. Devon and Chris from the official Jamaican Bobsled team will be able to update more on this. However, they'll still need all funds from this campaign to afford their jackets, equipment, and the three weeks of training time until Sochi. So let's keep supporting the team!
 
On T-shirts: Anyone who has contributed $50 or more will get an exclusive #CoolRunnings2 T-shirt! We'll send out a survey when the campaign ends to get your T-shirt sizes and mailing addresses. 
 

***UPDATE 1/19: Wow, you guys are AMAZING! I can't believe we've already raised $16,237/$80,000! In under 24 hours you've tilted this and gotten the Jamaican Bobsled team so much closer to Sochi. :) I've been in touch with the Crowdtilt team and they've confirmed that they are in touch with Chris Stokes and Winston Watts, and will handle the disbursements of the funds directly to the Jamaican Bobsled team. Keep up the good work -- let's get these guys to the Olympic games!!!

---

You might have seen this wild story—maybe cooler than "Cool Runnings"—that Jamaica's under-funded 2-man bobsled team just qualified to compete in the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. But they don't have enough cash to get to the Olympics, according to Winston Watts, the dedicated team captain who has been self-funding their efforts. So they're looking for any way possible to fund their trip to Sochi. And right now, they're at zero.

With no support from the Jamaica Olympic Association or private investors, Watts has been struggling to get the team ready. He's even been using his own private savings to fly the team to the US for qualifiers. From Watts himself: "I just about get by financially. Beg, scrape, it’s hard. I’ve got headaches a lot of times man, believe you me..."

At 46, Winston would be the second-oldest bobsled pilot in Olympic history, and this is the year for his team to make it. Let's help this historic team reach their Olympic dreams. There's only a few days to help get them to Sochi. I just pitched in $100. If you support the team, please chip in whatever you can. 

For any donors that give over $50, I'll print and send a special limited-edition t-shirt, just for supporters of this campaign.

More on this story from the press: 

Update: Crowdtilt has verified this campaign on Twitter, and will directly distribute the funds raised to the Jamaican Bobsled team: https://twitter.com/Crowdtilt/status/424723407121285120  

Update #2: Franz Hoilett, the founder of I am a Jamaican, has let the Jamaican Bobsled team know about our grassroots fundraiser! Here are some relevant links to follow the team and movement:

 
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